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Terry Walsh writes to Sports Minister, willing to return immediately as hockey coach

Terry Walsh has written a letter addressed to sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal citing his willingness to return as head coach of Indian men’s hockey team.

The biggest hurdle that stands in the way of Walsh’s return is the demand made by the President of Hockey India – Narinder Batra – that the Australian must come clean on allegations of financial impropriety during his tenure with USA hockey federation.

However, the Sports Ministry, HI and SAI need to be in agreement over the issue, which remains the only bone of contention between the parties.

“I remain willing to return to India immediately to resume positive discussions with SAI (Sports Authority of India) and at the same time publicly refute the detestable misinformation being introduced into the public arena,” Walsh wrote.

Earlier, Walsh’s demands were agreed to in principle by SAI before he flew back to Australia.

“I will keep faith with SAI and undertake to accede to their request to continue to coach the national team in the medium-term subject to the resolution of several issues with Hockey India. Hopefully truth and common sense will prevail in the interests of the game,” Walsh wrote.

Walsh was to receive a new set of proposals and decide by the weekend to resolve the impasse. However, nothing was officially communicated to Walsh by SAI, HI or sports ministry officials since November 20.

“My earnest wish is that Hockey India joins with us to enable the national team to begin its preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games free of controversy and irrelevant other issues,” Walsh wrote.

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